Meet Your General Surgery Staff at VA Boston Health Care | VA Boston Health Care

Get to know your general surgery surgical team. Here you will find photos and biographies of the general surgery staff.

Dr Kamal MF Itani is Board Certified in General Surgery and is Chief of Surgical Services at the VA Boston Health Care System and is a Professor of Surgery at Boston University

Medicine School: American University of Beirut, MD 1985
Residence: Baylor College of Medicine, 1993
Camaraderie: Duke University, Fellowship in Gastrointestinal Physiology 1988 and Baylor College of Medicine, Gastrointestinal Surgery 1994
Board certificate: N / A

Dr. Itani has an extensive general surgery practice with a clinical interest in abdominal health, hernia surgery, and complex abdominal wall reconstructions. In his spare time, Dr. Itani enjoys hiking, reading and travelling.


Dr. Jason S. Gold [he / him / his / himself] is Board Certified in General Surgery, Chief of Surgical Oncology and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School (Brigham and Women’s Hospital).

Medicine School: Yale University School of Medicine, 1997
Residence: Yale-New Haven Hospital, 2004
Camaraderie: Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, surgical oncology, 2006
Board certificate: Operation

Dr. Gold’s clinical interests include hepaticopancreaticobiliary (liver, pancreas, biliary) surgery, melanoma surgery, sarcoma surgery, gastrointestinal tumor surgery, and colorectal surgery. In his spare time, Dr. Gold enjoys spending time with his family and exercising.


Dr. Patrick B. O’Neal is a board-certified general surgeon with additional subspecialty training in endocrine surgery. He is an assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

Medicine School: University of Texas at Houston, MD, 2002
Residence: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, general surgery, 2010
Camaraderie: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, endocrine surgery, 2011
Board certificate: Fellow of the American College of Surgeons – FACS

Dr. O’Neal has a particular interest in thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal surgery as well as hernia repair and abdominal surgery.


Dr Gentiane Kristo is the assistant chief of surgery overseeing resident education and is an assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is board certified in General Surgery and Surgical Intensive Care.

Medicine School: Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest, Romania

Residence Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Camaraderie: Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Board certification: General surgery, Surgical intensive care

Dr. Kristo’s clinical interests are acute care surgery, gastrointestinal surgery, hernia surgery and surgical intensive care. During his free time…..


Dr. Ann DeBord Smith [she/her/hers/]is Board Certified in General Surgery, Director of Bariatric Surgery and Instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Medicine School: University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, MD, 2010
Residence: Brigham & Women’s Hospital, General Surgery, 2018
Camaraderie: University of Massachusetts, Minimally Invasive and Advanced Bariatric Surgery, 2019
Board certificate: Board Certified in General Surgery

Dr. Smith’s clinical interests include the surgical treatment of obesity and reflux disease as well as minimally invasive approaches to general surgery such as hernias and colorectal disease. In her spare time, the surgeon enjoys cycling and running with her family.


Dr. Edward Whang is Board Certified in General Surgery and Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School

Medicine School: University of Chicago, MD, 1991
Residence: UCLA Medical Center, General Surgery, 1998
Camaraderie: N / A
Board certificate: American Board of Surgery

Dr. Whang’s clinical interests include pancreaticobiliary and general surgery.


Jennifer Moseley DNP, FNP-BC [she / her / hers / herself]is certified as a Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, she serves as the APP Chief for the Surgical Department.

Board certificate: FNP- Family Nurse Practitioner
Undergraduate school: University of Massachusetts- Amherst, Biology- 2007.
Nursing or PA school: University of Alabama, DNP-2021. Regis College, MSN-2011. Regis College, BSN – 2009

Jennifer Moseley DNP, FNP-BC is a Nurse Practitioner with over 10 years of experience caring for surgical patients. She cares for all general surgery patients, but has a particular interest in the care of the surgical oncology patient. Prior to joining the VA, she was a perioperative nurse working in the operating room for a wide range of surgical specialties.


Patricia Soonthornprapuet, PA-C, MPH works in general surgery and is a clinical instructor for the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Board certificate: PA-C
Undergraduate school: St Michael’s College, VT, BA in Biology 1981
Nursing or PA school: University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Physician Assistant Program, 1984

Patricia Soonthornprapuet has been with the VA for over 30 years and is honored to care for our nation’s veterans.


Claire Stauffer, PA-C, MPH, is a Certified Bariatric Surgery Physician Assistant

Undergraduate school: Boston College, BS Biology/BA English 2016
Nursing or PA school: Tufts University School of Medicine, MMSc/MPH 2021
Board certificate: PA-C, NCCPA Board Certified Physician Assistant

Claire’s clinical interests include bariatric and metabolic surgery, with research interests in preventive and lifestyle medicine and public health policy. She enjoys spending time with friends and family and listening to podcasts and audiobooks along the Charles River.


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